With August being Child Support Awareness Month and the U.S. having the seventh highest child poverty rate among economically developed countries, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States with the Most Underprivileged Children. Michigan did not fare well.

In order to bring awareness to the condition of underprivileged children throughout the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key measures of neediness. Michigan wound up 20th.

The data set ranges from share of children in households with below-poverty income to child food-insecurity rate to share of maltreated children.

Welfare of Children in Michigan (1=Most; 25=Avg.):

  • 17th – % of Children in Households with Below-Poverty Income
  • 5th – % of Maltreated Children
  • 19th – Infant Mortality Rate
  • 19th – % of Children in Single-Parent Families
  • 29th – Child & Youth Homeless Rate


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